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A 400 Year Legacy

19th Annual African American Cultural Celebration

The 19th AACC had many activities at the NC Museum of History on Saturday January 25, 2020! It was their 20[20] vision of a 400 legacy in Looking Back, Moving Forward and Claiming Our Identity. We celebrated Music, Movement and Drama; History, Film, and Enterprise; Education and Heritage. Then there were Food Vendors; Craft and Art Traditions. There were a multitude of activities for all ages. The Opening kickoff was the procession of the United States Colored Troops Color Guard, and Reenactors Tryon Palace Jonkonnu, and St. Augustine’s University Superior Sound Marching Band and Drumline. Lynnette Barber, led the opening musical performance with: “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” There were two main lobby performers: saxophonist Freddy Greene, and guitarist with a saw and bones, Dwight Hawkins. Then there was Eugene Taylor, The Drum Prophet. He said the Lord put the “Rhythm of Life Drumcircle” in his spirit. He involved his 2 daughters in playing the drums and singing. He invited the audience to participate and asked them, “Who has rhythm?” There were several participants including myself, that joined the drumcircle and played. It was a delight! We could feel the pulsating beat of the the Djembe drum performance. Djembe means a goblet-shaped hand drum originating in West Africa. Eugene is call the Wellness Ambassador. He uses his drums to provide comfort for patients, and entertainment to visitors at Rex Hospital. He works transporting patients of UNC Rex Healthcare. Patients and fellow artists, regard Eugene Taylor as “anointed, healing, soothing, touching and a genius!” As we celebrate the African American legacy, do you know your legacy, your gifts, your being, as a member on this planet called Earth? Don’t just learn, who you are, but become all that you can be!

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Let’s stop bullies!

 

Author Ajani Kambón wrote a story called,"The Day Mo Stood Up." It's about
 a girl making some quick decisions of her own, in handling being bullied at
 school. Kambón was inspired to write this story because of an increase in 
 the  mental health crisis of Black people over the past few decades. He
 mentioned there has been a significant increase of Black children in mental
 health facilities, as well as suicide, as it relates directly and indirectly 
 to bullying. The illustrator Fuze Aquene Namid, portrays the innermost 
 emotions that youth experience in attending school, but his arrow pointing 
 upward of the front cover exhibits that things will get better!
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Edith Berry

Edith Berry TCP Magazine Social Media Strategist

You have to get up early in the morning to keep up with Edith Berry. You will find Edith covering the rich culture of Arts in the Triangle for TCP Magazine and Prolific Epic Partners. Edith is a minister, actor, dancer, teacher, fashionista and isn’t afraid to explore anything exciting. You can also follow Edith Berry on Facebook and Instagram. Stay tuned to her weekly blog, The A.R.T.S. (Always Reaching for The Stars).

Getting To Know Accie Griffin

My mom used to love attending funerals.  It was always like a family reunion seeing people you haven’t seen in such a long time and especially those who had moved away.  In addition, there was always a repast that would hold you over until the next day.

On Saturday I attended the Homegoing Service of Accie Griffin.  I am intrigued sometimes by the detailed obituaries that give you a glimpse of a person’s life, the pictorials and the remarks by friends.  I only know Mr. Accie from when I visited Crown Ministries where he was an Elder.  I’ve only seen him a few times and probably only spoke to him once or twice during the segment “go to 2-3 people and say….”  I never had a decent conversation with Mr. Accie nor did I realize how sick he was and how he had a longing to join his beloved Evelyn in heaven.

If I had taken the time to get to know Mr. Accie, he probably would have recapped things I learned about him at his funeral.  He raised 12 of his own kids and additional relatives.  He would have told me how he loved to hunt and the traps he would set.  How he used to sit at the country store and laugh and joke with friends.  I can imagine he had his own favorite soda, a Coke, Pepsi or Dr. Pepper. Mr. Accie was what we may call today a serial entrepreneur and a well-rounded man.  He was a welder by trade, owned his own fish market and a farm of livestock and crops.  He was a hog doctor and could cure anything ailing a hog. With such a large family he had built-in hired help and enough to stock a baseball team for recreation after a week of hard work. He loved baseball and could have made the big league but decided to stay in Martin County.

I heard some refer to him as A-C and others ASEE.  Lifelong friends who will miss the phone calls but still have precious memories.  I call him the forgotten Patriarch that our children today don’t appreciate.  The type of African American Man who made our race strong.  Thanks Accie Calvin Griffin, Sr. and Evelyn Marie Williams Griffin for leaving us a strong legacy of 10 remaining children, 38 grandchildren and 42 great grand children.IMG_5045

Returning Girls to Ladies

When I was in elementary school, we had to bring a handkerchief every day and have our finger nails inspected. The teacher would have us place our clean white handkerchief on the desk and place our hands palms down as she walked around the room and inspected. No one was to have dirty fingernails.  I grew up poor, without apology, and sometimes I had to tell the teacher that I didn’t have a handkerchief but my nails were clean.  This was a long time ago when teachers were admired and you dare misbehave.  Otherwise, you were on the list for punishment at school as well as when you got home.

Fast forward fifty years to the future and respect has gone out the door and everything natural is fabricated.  I was blessed to connect with Dr. Donna Corbett of Amazing Grace Etiquette 15 years ago who branched out and started a nonprofit to teach children how to be young ladies and young gentlemen.  Dr. Corbett has been very successful with changing the attitudes of children, teens and adults through the numerous programs at Amazing Grace Etiquette.

Each year we have a Holiday Princess Tea Party Extravaganza for girls ages 4-11. Last year was the first time that we added boys to the mix to show them how to interact properly with girls.  The Saturday afternoon includes a crowning, limo ride, etiquette lessons, lunch and entertainment.  The parents/grandparents are part of a separate Empowerment Session. They relax, shop with our vendors and relax by the fireplace while being inspired by a speaker and building new relationships.  To enjoy this pre holiday celebration, register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-princess-tea-party-extravaganza-tickets-49537462885.

 

 

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TCP Magazine Memory Board

TCP Magazine Memory Board

TCP Magazine is accepting photos of supporters who lost loved ones in 2012 for our Memory Board. Email hi-rez photos to tcpmagazine@gmail.com along with name, date of death & birth, and a couple of lines indicating their affiliation with music, ministry or business.

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Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

It’s not too late to Spring Clean